Remember when playing in the snow was fun? Maybe it still is. Or, If even the threat of mixed snow sends you into a panicked state, you’re probably in need of a proper winter car. With these capable snow mobiles, the next time local news threatens with a December weather warning advisory you can laugh in Old Man Winter’s face.
Now let it snow.
Winter Ready Rides
#1 Best Car for Snow: Audi A4 quattro
When fitted with Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive, A4 delivers luxury, style, and grip when you need it the most. Only problem is, you can’t call in late to work when conditions turn ugly.
#2 Best Car for Snow: Suzuki SX4 Crossover
Starting at just $17,000, the all-wheel drive SX4 Crossover might be the cheapest new winter option outside of snowshoes. The i-AWD (intelligent all-wheel drive) SX4 Crossover also has an ice-warning for slippery roads- probably a good thing to know.
#3 Best Car for Snow: Volkswagen Touareg
Though it’s by far the most expensive VW, Touareg’s ground clearance, standard 4MOTION all-wheel drive, and TDI/ hybrid options are almost worth trying to spell its name right.
#1 Best Subaru for Snow: Subaru Outback
Standard all-wheel drive on every model means Subaru’s likely outnumber people with bad facial hair at your local ski resort. Outback provides high ground clearance along with some newfound girth and adjustable roof rails to fit mountain toys.
#2 Best Throwback for Snow: Jeep Wrangler
Jeep owners are more likely to race onto the roads when snowfall starts to stick. With so many domesticated SUVs on out there today it’s nice to be able to hop in a downright basic Wrangler, or Wrangler Unlimited, and run over some snowmen (not actually recommended). If you need to trough through a blanket of snow there’s nothing more comforting.
#2 Best Throwback for Snow: Nissan Xterra
Xterra is an off-road minded SUV that’s a little more refined than its Jeep counterpart but can still handle most winter weather like Dick Proenneke.
#3 Best Throwback for Snow: Toyota FJ Cruiser
Available in part time or full-time 4WD with water resistant seats and all-weather flooring, FJ Cruiser is meant perfect for sloppy cold winters.
Refined Winter SUVs
#1 Best SUV for Snow: Acura MDX
If you live in a place where winter is more wet and sloshy than hard packed snow, MDX and its Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) traction should be enough to keep you inside the warm, lux interior.
(configure an MDX now!)
#1 Best SUV for Snow: Land Rover Range Rover HSE
If you’ve shoveled enough driveways you can afford the Range Rover HSE, whose standard all-wheel drive and Terrain Response- just pick the snow icon- can handle winter’s worst while looking the best.
#1 Best SUV for Snow: Toyota Land Cruiser
If you have a hockey team (seating for 8) you can drive up to the ice with the beastly Land Cruiser- and then back through a snow bank with 8.9 inches of ground clearance.
#1 Best Pickup for Snow: Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Personal preference goes a long way in dictating which full-size truck works the best in the snow, and Silverado is my pick. Plus, any vehicle that can be used as a snow plow is alright with me.